LEWIS HAMILTON is about to overlook the remainder of the System One season after testing optimistic for Covid-19.
The System One champion has already wrapped up the title however failed a pre-event check forward of this weekend’s Sakhir GP in Bahrain after waking up on Monday with delicate signs.
Lewis Hamilton will now enter a interval of self-isolation after testing optimisticCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
Mercedes at the moment are attempting to dealer a cope with Williams to allow them to recall George Russell from his mortgage deal so he can companion Valtteri Bottas within the ultimate two races.
SunSport understands that there are issues with Hamilton’s quarantine interval and subsequent transit to Abu Dhabi for the ultimate race of 2020.
Hamilton wrote on his Instagram: “I am devastated that I will not be racing this weekend.
“Since we began the season in June my crew and I’ve been taking all of the precautions we probably can and following the laws in all places we have been to remain secure.
“Sadly, though I returned three detrimental outcomes this previous week, I awoke Monday morning with delicate signs and requested one other check, which got here again optimistic.
“I’ve instantly gone into self-isolation for 10 days.
“I’m gutted not to have the ability to race this weekend however my precedence is to observe the protocols and recommendation to guard others.
“I am actually fortunate that I really feel happy with solely delicate signs and can do my finest to remain match and wholesome.
British celebrity Lewis Hamilton received the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday Credit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
“Please take care of yourselves on the market. You’ll be able to by no means be too cautious. These are worrying instances for everybody and we’d like to ensure we’re taking care of ourselves and one another. Keep optimistic.”
Hamilton is a identified germaphobe and has taken excessive precautions all season as the specter of covid appeared the one method it might derail his title hopes.
He has stayed in his motorhome for the races in Europe – quite than motels like different drivers – and returns to his dwelling in Monaco.
He has primarily stayed inside his bubble, consisting of his efficiency coach, Angela Cullen, and advisor, Marc Hynes, who’re additionally now in isolation.
He just lately mentioned: “I have not gone to dinner, I’ve simply been staying in my bubble. I get room service on daily basis and probably not something thrilling, as a result of I’ve obtained a championship to struggle for, so I did not need to take any dangers.
“This 12 months I sacrificed greater than I’ve in my complete life and that is actually made it fairly troublesome.”
Hamilton should now adhere to Bahraini tips and has been informed to isolate till subsequent Thursday when he will undergo another test.
Nevertheless, there are added issues. F1 has cast a particular air-bridge between Bahrain and Abu Dhabi to bypass an additional quarantine interval.
That flight is on December seventh – earlier than his 10-day interval elapses – and after then, the Yas Island the place the monitor and motels are positioned, is positioned into lock-down.
That may imply that if they’re profitable with securing the provision of Russell, as he’s a part of the Mercedes younger driver programme, he would drive in each Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.
Merc even have the choice of changing Hamilton with Stoffel Vandoorne, who’s their nominated reserve driver.
And whereas the crew’s choice is to recall Russell, Vandoorne, who’s presently on the System E check in Valencia, he could be a easy quick-fix.
Hamilton’s quarantine means Sunday would be the first race he has missed since his F1 debut in March 2007.
It would additionally forestall him from equalling Michael Schuamcher and Sebastian Vettel’s joint document of 13 wins in a season and convey his document of 48 races of ending within the factors to an finish.
In the meantime, the Haas F1 crew have confirmed that Nikita Mazepin will drive for the team next season.
The Russian, who’s racing in System 2, is the son of a billionaire and brings profitable sponsorship.
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The 21-year-old is anticipated to line up alongside Mick Schumahcer, who’s more likely to be confirmed by Haas this week.
Present Haas driver, Romain Grosjean, who suffered a terrifying fiery smash final Sunday, has been saved in hospital for an additional day for remedy to his burned arms.
The 34-year-old is anticipated to be launched on Wednesday and also will miss this weekend’s race.
What occurs when there’s a optimistic check in F1?
FORMULA ONE was the primary worldwide sport to come back again after the coronavirus pandemic and with the intention to get approval from the respective governments of the nations it went to, it wanted to have a strict Covid Code of Conduct.
Every member of the crew, drivers, media and FIA workers needed to comply with the doc that outlined the procedures of the testing course of and the steps ought to somebody check optimistic.
Anybody attending a GP with entry to the paddock or surrounding buildings should take a pre-event Covid check earlier than they journey to the nation.
That is carried out within the type of an intrusive nasal and throat swab by licenced firm, Eurofins, which I’ve carried out on a Monday, permitting me sufficient time to get the outcomes earlier than flying.
The outcomes are additionally despatched to the FIA and, ought to there be a optimistic check, that particular person and their crew could be notified.
That is what occurred in Lewis Hamilton’s case.
Whereas the world champion felt “delicate signs” it was the pre-event check that delivered a optimistic outcome.
It was the identical for Sergio Perez, who examined optimistic forward of the British GP and was pressured to overlook out.
This check is sort of a security internet and limits the individuals they arrive into contact with, reducing the danger of additional an infection.
As soon as the particular person is informed they’re optimistic, they’re instantly dominated out from competing that weekend and are positioned beneath the native medical tips of the nation by which the check came about.
Consequently, Hamilton shall be pressured to isolate for 10 days earlier than present process one other check for Covid-19, as a part of the Bahraini authorities’s procedures.
Whereas he shall be positioned into isolation, so too will the members of his bubble – those that come into common shut contact with him, notably his efficiency coach, Angela Cullen, and advisor, Marc Hynes.
That is normal process the place these within the bubble stay in isolation following the outcomes of additional testing. They will then return to work ought to they check detrimental.
In the meantime, the entire of the Mercedes race crew in Bahrain could be testested – like each particular person attending this weekend’s race.
So that features the likes of Max Verstappen and Alex Albon, who have been on the rostrum with him final Sunday.
Any particular person failing a check shall be remoted of their lodge room or motorhome, with mandatory replacements name up.
Each particular person can also be required to undertake one other Covid check upon the primary 24 hours of their arrival within the paddock – that is usually carried out on Thursday morning.
Then there’s a ultimate check, normally carried out on Sunday morning or the next day, primarily for reassurance earlier than travelling dwelling, the place as on this case, the subsequent race.